Peru is a nation rich in cultural and historical treasures which is blessed with generous, welcoming people and endowed with a diversity of natural wonders. Yet despite huge advances in the development of this beautiful country in recent years, 21% of Peruvians still live below the poverty line of US$1 per day for a family of four – more in the rural areas where Camps operate.
It’s been a very successful and enjoyable trip so far and today was a good example of why: although the project work was tough going at times, Team Hanan Pacha gave it their all shifting rocks, mixing mud and digging the foundations to help improve the income and quality of life of a local family.
So far, the teams of young volunteers have managed to reach half of our project target for Camp Titicaca by helping to construct greenhouses, livestock shelters and extra accommodation for seven of the 15 farming families we are working with in the area – a true testament to the hard work of the young adults I feel so privileged to accompany on this adventure.
Of course, no Camps expedition would be complete without a wheelbarrow full of fun thrown into the mix and the team celebrated their efforts (and our team member Natalie’s birthday) with a slap up meal, double helpings of birthday cake and a very competitive quiz organised by our fantastic travelling teachers. It’ll be hard to beat a day like this, but knowing this amazing team I’m certain tomorrow will bring even more reasons to feel like the luckiest Camps leader in Peru!
– Marc (Camps Leader)